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Monday, October 5, 2015

Core identity: Moral or cognitive?

(Kohlberg's Model of Moral Development)
We often think of identity in terms of what people do or know, rather than in terms of who they fundamentally are.

However, researchers at Arizona and Duke Universities have concluded that true identities remain essentially in tact until severely-impaired people become “stripped of their moral characteristics – i.e., courage, kindness, and honesty…”

This conclusion is based upon feedback from caregivers of patients suffering with “either Alzheimer’s, fronto-temporal dementia (FTD), or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).”   

Scientific American also affirms that "identity is not what we know, but what we stand for.”


Copyright October 5, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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